CSU Day to Honor University Supporters Thursday

csu day signsCOLUMBUS, Ga. - On Thursday, Columbus State University and hundreds of community volunteers will revive an annual tradition and  celebrate the 17th annual CSU Day to recognize the university’s community supporters.

Throughout the day, students, faculty, staff and community volunteers will plant yard signs at area donor businesses and homes.

The red, white and blue signs displaying “We are Partners with Columbus State University” symbolize a thank you to contributors to CSU’s 2011 Annual Fund, which has a target this year of $2.05 million.

The dollars support student scholarships, curricular materials, faculty development and technology infrastructure maintenance and development.

John Hargrove, chair of the 2011 Annual Fund, said such support is crucial because it helps offset shrinking state funding. "CSU Day is special because it gives the CSU community a chance to let all the CSU Annual Fund contributors know how much they are cared about and how much their caring means to the university every day and throughout the year."

An extra wave of student participation among the sign-bearers is anticipated. Communication professor Danna Gibson’s group communication class, self-named “the promoters,” has campaigned for campuswide peer participation via banners around campus and Facebook. Their efforts include rallying Columbus State supporters to wear red on Thursday in honor of CSU Day.

"The primary message we’re working to get across to the student body is, 'The individuals and businesses that support the Annual Fund make your university a better place to learn, study and grow, and the Annual Fund creates opportunities for you,’" said Mia Frederick, one of the student promoters.

Other prospective volunteers – faculty, staff and individuals from off-campus – can join the students by selecting routes and gathering signs for delivery from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Thursday at the Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center. Lunch also will be available to volunteers starting noon at the Turner Center.

For more information, go to http://www.ColumbusState.edu/giving/annual_fund.php or contact Kelley Gibson at 706-507-8434 or Gibson_kelley@ColumbusState.edu.